Articles tagged Donnelly

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Mexican Magic

Motor racing broke out in Mexico at the Grand Prix weekend, and now I begin to realise just why those who witnessed it first hand were so ecstatic about that heady wheel-banging battle between Gilles Villeneuve and René Arnoux at Dijon back in 1979. The display that Nigel Mansell and Gerhard Berger put on might not have observed the full code of driving ethics, as they touched on more than one...

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Senna Again

Monza, September 9th With the 1990 season moving into its closing stages, it is becoming more and more clear that the only team seriously to challenge the McLaren-Honda domination is the Ferrari team. Equally the only driver seriously to challenge Ayrton Senna is Alain Prost, so that Senna-McLaren and Prost-Ferrari are the two yardsticks by which all others are judged and quite simply, no-one...

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The Scarlet Pimpernel

I came here in 1979 and 1980 and each time it was a French victory. "Jean-Marie Balestre was in the mood to crow at his Saturday morning press conference in Sao Paulo, when he recalled the successes of Jacques Laffite and Rene Arnoux. He'd dragged himself to Brazil "despite precarious health state" and said he'd enjoyed the reception he got from "a raving crowd" of angry Paulistas still steaming...

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A Touch of the Sun

Once you get south of somewhere like Avignon it can start getting very hot and the sun can get insidious, especially if it is tempered by a warm breeze and the suspicion of a haze in the sky. It is not the blazing heat that turns English people pink that is the danger, for blisters and sunburn are all too easy to see, but it is the gentle continuous heat that gets through to the brain without you...

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Senna Superb

For Ayrton Senna fans, and there are a lot of them among the paying public, in spite of the anti-Senna lobby among the English press, the 48th Monaco Grand Prix was sheer delight. Fastest time in both qualifying sessions, claiming pole position on the grid without question, led the race from start to finish and made fastest race lap. It is difficult to improve on that, and at no time during the...

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VSCC Measham Rally

I said last month that only mad-dogs and Englishmen would endure some of the things the VSCC enjoys, but which would be quite unacceptable to non-enthusiasts. The all-night Measham Rally falls within this category. To follow it I decided to use a Reliant Kitten, as small enough to park easily in the lanes during this fine thrash round the lesser-known parts of Shropshire and Wales and not get...

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Around and about

A7 End To End ONE OF the more ambitious and strenuous celebrations of the 75th Anniversary of the birth of Sir Herbert Austin's Baby Austin was that run from John O'Groats to Land's End, over the Easter period. It got a remarkable 108 runners. Eighteen of these intrepid Austineers had elected to take the now-traditional Chummies, 51 had the shelter of saloon Sevens, ranging from a couple of early...

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The 1980 VSCC "Pomeroy"

Although the Pomeroy Memorial Trophy Contest run by the Vintage Sports Car Club is really a minor event, comparatively speaking, which the public is not charged to watch, at Silverstone where it is nowadays held, it is unique in being the only VSCC fixture at which modern cars are allowed to take-on the older machinery. As Peter Hull, the Club's Secretary, wrote in 1964, "this makes it extremely...

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Is there a brake on F1 talent?

Is money the overriding factor which influences driver choice, graduation and progression? It's still there, on my notebook for the 1989 Brazilian GP at Rio. A long, inky stroke across the lap chart. The legacy of a nudge from a hyper-excited Mike Kranefuss as he had drawn to my attention the progress of Benetton driver Johnny Herbert. It was not as if I hadn't been following him throughout, even...

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It was going to be such a good race, we thought. The break after the United States GP and the Brazilian GP would mean that everyone could get themselves sorted out and repair any damage, and put right any early season faults. Many new cars were completed and much testing done, particularly on the Imola circuit, so that we could really view the San Marino Grand Prix as the true start of 1990. The...



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